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Calling All Horse Lovers
Our family had the opportunity to review History on Horseback: The Early Years published by Sonrise Stable Books. It is a history book about horses. However, it is not a boring history book. It is a beautiful reference book with interesting stories about horses, mules, donkeys, and burros. Not only is it a history book, but it is written with a Christian perspective.
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History on Horseback: The Early Years has 187 pages worth of horse history in 53 chapters, which means each chapter is short. There are beautiful black and white illustrations for each chapter that my children loved to study. There is also a box with quick reference information in some of the chapters.
I don’t usually mention the packaging of products, but we loved the box with the beautiful horse sticker on it. The box really sparked my children’s interest in the book and it was a wonderful detail that we all enjoyed.
The Quality of the Book
The physical quality of History on Horseback: The Early Years is exceptional. It is a high-quality softcover book with sturdy pages. The illustrations on the front and back cover make it a coffee table quality book. We especially enjoyed the picture of the stagecoach going through a cattle drive. It is also a large book as you can see in the picture of my son holding it.
Content of History on Horseback
You will really enjoy the short snapshots of horses throughout history. I would describe them as biographies of horses. By telling individual stories of horses and their riders, it makes the history of horses very interesting. It is not a boring textbook! It brings horse history to life.
How we used History on Horseback
My son and I started out by reading the stories in order. However, as we paged through the book, we decided to read stories that really interested us. My son has two miniature donkeys. We enjoyed reading about the donkeys but realized many lived very difficult lives. However, donkeys were a huge help throughout history. Our donkeys definitely live a pampered life compared to their ancestors. Some of the chapters we really enjoyed include:
- Delivering the Good News (Circuit preachers)
- Sounding the Alarm
- Lewis & Clark
- Livery Stables
- Ponies in the Pits
- Coal Mining in Other Areas
- Preparations for the Oregon Trail
- Young, Skinny Orphans Wanted (Pony Express)
- Confederate Horses
The list can go on and on. The stories are very interesting. We continue to enjoy them. There is a study guide being developed to accompany the book. It will have maps, timelines, questions, research, and writing activities. We are looking forward to the release in the future. You can sign up for Sonrise Stable Newsletter to be notified of the release of the study guide.
Another thing I liked about the book was the bibliography included at the back of the book. Not only does the author reference her research, but she went the extra mile to include symbols to indicate if the resource is suitable for children. I really appreciated that, so I know which websites my children can safely research on their own.
I also included a video review of the book.
We loved this book! We will use it throughout our homeschool years as we study different events in history. This book will help us understand the role horses played during events such as the civil war, pioneer days, and early presidencies. It makes a wonderful addition to our living history studies.
If you like horses, you will love this History on Horseback: The Early Years. Check out what other homeschool families are saying about the book!